As a major beachfront neighborhood, shopping in Waikiki runs the gamut from high-end luxury items and galleries featuring local artists to aloha gear and quaint souvenir shops. Below are the best locations to scratch your shopping itch, and even if you’ve got a budget to stick to, most are still well-worth a leisurely browse for fun.
Royal Hawaiian Center
The Royal Hawaiian Center (2201 Kalakaua Ave., 808/922-2299, 10am-10pm daily), in the heart of Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue, stretches from Lewers Street to the Outrigger Waikiki hotel. Here you’ll find a mix of high-end retailers—clothing, accessories, and jewelry—surf shops and aloha wear, boutiques, beauty products, and food and drink from coffee to cocktails.
If you’re looking for local-style luggage and backpacks, check out DaKine (808/921-0373) on the second floor of building B. For women’s swimwear, Allure Swimwear (808/926-1174) is located on the first level of building C. For those visiting Waikiki for romance, visit Princesse Tam-Tam Lingerie (808/922-3330) on the third level of building A for fine to moderate French lingerie. For glam accessories and premium denim and leather, find Remix Hawaii (808/922-3119) on the first level of building C.
With more than 110 shops and restaurants, there’s even an Apple Store (808/931-2480) for your tech needs. Big-name stores front Kalakaua Avenue, but there is a parallel walkway through the mall with a host of other stores, a great way to get out of the sun. A small outdoor performance area with hewn stone seats under a banyan tree leads to a beautifully landscaped Hawaiian botanical garden and into the Royal Hawaiian hotel courtyard.
Just to the west of the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue, on the mountain side of the street, is Luxury Row (2100 Kalakaua Ave., 808/541-5136, 10am-10pm daily). The name says it all. At Luxury Row you’ll find high-end international brands like Coach (808/924-1677), Chanel (808/971-9011), Tiffany & Co. (808/926-2600), Yves Saint Laurent (808/924-6900), Bottega Veneta (808/923-0800), and Gucci (808/921-1000).
Art abounds in Waikiki, with Hawaiian, ocean, and nature themes being the most prevalent. Wyland Galleries Waikiki (270 Lewers St., 808/924-1322, 10am-10pm daily) features Wyland’s signature ocean art and is the most comprehensive Wyland source in Hawaii. Also on Lewers Street in the Waikiki Beach Walk shops is the Peter Lik Gallery (226 Lewers St., 808/926-5656, 10am-11pm daily), featuring bold prints from landscape photographer Peter Lik. Inside the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach (2335 Kalakaua Ave.) you’ll find Tabora Gallery (808/922-5400, 8am-11pm daily) with originals from seascape painter Roy Tabora. Sand People (2369 Kalakaua Ave., 808/924-6773, 9:30am-9:30pm daily), next door to the Outrigger in the Moana Surfrider, is a quaint gift shop with ocean-themed trinkets, art, and clever gift ideas like vintage signs and surf art.